【正義思辨】篇 Ways to Justice
A Gift from The Sky - The Tragedy of Hsiaolin Village Part 2
台灣 Taiwan︱2012︱142 min︱羅興階、王秀齡 LO Shin-chieh, WANG Hsiu-ling
A disastrous storm on August 8th, 2009, destroyed a utopia, as 410 lives were buried in a split second under the soil of their home. With the cries of the agonized families crossing the sky, the tragedy of Hsiaolin Village caught international attention. President MA visited Hsiaolin Village nine times, always apologizing to the villagers with grief and self-reproach. President MA took the reconstruction of Hsaiolin Village as his personal mission, and yet the tri-parted permanent housing split and divided the otherwise rustic and innocent villagers.
For more than two years, the Hsaiolin villagers have been wondering how things turned out this way, because, even now, they still can’t bring justice to their deceased family members. Some of them are finished with thinking about their loved ones, some people try to reunite with the deceased through psychics, some put their hope in the children they are about to have, while some are still haunted by the pains of losing the families. The children’s naïve talking and the adults’ home rebuilding constitute some kind of frustration and calculation.
Though the road to rebuild their home is long and difficult, the rebuilding of their livelihood and spirits is even more challenging. As a sequel to A Gift for Father's Day– The Tragedy of Hsiaolin Village Part 1, this documentary is a record of what six married couples felt about the reconstruction of their livelihood and what four children remembered about the moment when the disaster stroke. This story is a miniature of what happened after Hsiaolin Village was destroyed and an enduring pain for the Hsiaolin villagers.